By Alex Byington, timesdaily.com:
Nick Saban has repeatedly expressed displeasure there hasn’t been much headway in Alabama’s ongoing quarterback competition. And while many fans might share his discontentment with the lack of clarity as spring practice winds down, there’s at least one member of the Crimson Tide unaffected by the quarterback uncertainty. “It doesn’t make much of a difference to me,” junior running back Derrick Henry said Monday. “I’m going to worry about my assignment and they’ve got their assignment. So whatever quarterback is in there, I’m going to come in and execute. I’m really worried about my assignment and what I got to do.”
By MARQ BURNETT, ledger-enquirer.com:
With Alabama’s defensive front seven being labeled as a strength by coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide’s secondary is still a bit of a question mark. Cyrus Jones, who started all 14 games at cornerback last season, has missed all of spring practice while he recovers from his January hip surgery. Eddie Jackson, who started 11 games at cornerback last year, has been moved to safety. Geno Smith, who started six games a season ago, missed a week following his arrest for driving under the influence. And behind that trio is a group filled with players who have played sparingly throughout their careers or have no experience at all. But that may not be a bad thing at this point.
By Vasha Hunt, al.com:
Alabama Beat Reporter Show, April 16, 2015 Michael Casagrande and Matt Zenitz preview A-Day 2015 after hearing from Nick Saban following the 14th spring practice. Watch the video below to see what the Alabama beat reporters are watching for at the A-Day game Saturday (hint: quarterbacks are a focus). Also check out the photos from the 14th spring practice below.
By JC Shurburtt, 247sports.com:
Athlon Sports polled 20 Southeastern Conference football experts and ranked the Southeastern Conference football jobs 1-14. 1- Alabama is the best job in the league right now because Nick Saban has made it into the best job. That being said, the Crimson Tide has to share its state with Auburn and must win at a high level to enjoy the recruiting advantages they currently do (five straight No. 1 classes featuring top talent from across the country). You can’t simply ignore a tradition of success, but take “current state of the program” off the table and you’d have LSU, Georgia and perhaps Florida and Texas A&M ranked higher.
By Alex Byington, Decatur Daily:
Whenever there’s a question about the spring’s biggest surprise at Alabama, one name seems to emerge: Ronnie Harrison. The big-bodied early enrollee has been turning heads in his first few months on campus, climbing the unofficial depth chart to the point of working alongside several starters. “Ronnie Harrison has been doing a great job. He looks really good,” Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry said Tuesday. “(He’s) a guy who’s an early enrollee and has been playing really well, like he’s been here before.” Harrison arrived in January already considered physically ready at 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, after signing with Alabama as a consensus four-star safety prospect out of Florida State University School in Tallahassee, Florida.
By Alex Byington, timesdaily.com:
When he first learned of his hip injury, Cyrus Jones had two options — surgery and miss games or play through the pain. In the end, there really wasn’t much of an option — the junior cornerback wasn’t going to miss a single game.
SWOTY Nomination. Sitting out this spring after undergoing surgery in late January to repair a torn labrum in his hip, Jones said Tuesday he played the 2014 season with the injury, first learning of the setback last summer. “As soon as I was diagnosed with it, I knew, eventually, I would need surgery,” Jones said. “But being as though I got it diagnosed in the summertime during workouts, I couldn’t get surgery because that would have meant I would have had to sit out during the season. I just had to deal with it through the season.”
By Marq Burnett, Anniston Star:
When Eddie Jackson moved to safety following Alabama’s first scrimmage of spring workouts, it appeared as if the Crimson Tide had given up on him as a cornerback. Now a week into the experiment, Jackson may have found a position that better suits his skills while creating some flexibility on the back end of the Tide’s defense. Tide coach Nick Saban said the move has “worked out really well for us.” “Having him and Geno (Smith) back there for us gave us two guys that have played some, have experience and understand the system a little bit,” Saban said after Saturday’s scrimmage.
By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
Most players say they don’t pay attention to the chatter. Outside disapproval isn’t just brushed aside, it’s ignored. That’s not the case with Cyrus Jones, the Alabama cornerback who’s among of the very few players who don’t shy away from unflattering voices. “I know criticism is something you have to let go in one ear and out the other,” Jones said, “but it’s hard when you’re constantly hearing the same things, whether it’s personally or with your group, my group being the secondary.” The Crimson Tide defensive backfield’s taken a beating with the way last season ended. The last three opponents ― Auburn, Missouri and Ohio State ― averaged 328 passing yards. The previous 11 accounted for just 198 per game.
By Erik Evan, Roll Bama Roll:
Alabama football held its final scrimmage Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Production was balanced in the Crimson Tide’s first matchup, but defense stole the show in the second scrimmage. Two young running backs combined for 58 rushing yards. In the passing game, sophomore receiver Robert Foster and junior tight end O.J. Howard came up with big plays. Nick Saban is waiting for a quarterback to take command of the team. As with the first scrimmage, Alabama did not releasing quarterback stats.